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This is not a beauty contest or the Olympics. This is a public health matter that should have been handled throughout by the experts who understand what is needed, and the government acts merely as an enforcer or facilitator. Zahawi could hardly bungle up the vaccine rollout which was coordinated by a scientific advisory committee and carried out by the NHS. Why is Zahawi doing a good job? Because unlike Hancock he did not bungle up care home PPE and so on. He had a simple caretaker task which he carried out as his job description requires. We now give kudos to politicians because they have done their job without bungling?
Yes, this country has done well because of our scientist who invented the vaccine, for all the staff who did the trials and all the individuals who selflessly volunteered. These are the people who are to be praised, not a politician who is the spokesman and political front. His achievement is zero.
But even with this astounding fact, that we have been one of the first and quickest to vaccinate, there are problems. The third world supplies of vaccine have not been forth coming and most of the world remains unvaccinated. The vaccine triumph remains a fragile one with a danger of vaccine-resistant variants developing plus the difficulty of justifying the vaccination of children and also the resistance to the vaccine from some quarters. The vaccine triumph could still turn sour, god forbid. And also despite all this we have lifted the restrictions rapidly and are now undergoing an experiment in passaging a virus through a partially vaccinated population to see whether we can produce a vaccine resistant strain.
But the basic fault in all this is the fact is that democracies should be ruled by a consensus and not by one person. Why has the cult of the leader become so prevalent in so called western democracies? I can see that Russia is associated with its leader Putin and Syria with Assad and KSA with MBS, but why is this mature democracy ruled so autocratically by a former journalist and why was the US ruled by a property magnate? There is a basic fault in our politics.
Clark is right, a single strategy of getting out of the pandemic using only vaccines is a flawed one and will flounder on the above problems.